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Winford and Sanft Honored at College Awards Banquet

The 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards banquet took place Thursday, December 5 at the Holiday Inn Downtown. From Diversity Leadership to awards in research, advising, and teaching, the annual awards banquet honors faculty excellence in all areas of the college mission.

Charles Sanft and Brandon Winford received awards for their work in the Department of History.

“As we recognize particularly outstanding faculty this evening, I want to thank all of our faculty in the college, individually and collectively, for everything you do— your teaching, research, service on college and university committees, thesis committees, and tenure and promotion committees, and service to the public through community engagement,” said Theresa Lee, dean of the college and emcee for the awards ceremony. “A college can be no greater or stronger than its faculty and the College of Arts and Sciences is a college of excellence because each of you has a passion for our profession and you work selflessly to make our students, departments and university the best they can be.”


Charles Sanft, associate professor of history, received a Mid-Career Award for Research and Creative Activity. Sanft published his second book, Literate Community in Early Imperial China, which, along with an impressive record of articles and conference presentations, establishes his reputation as one of his generation’s leading scholars of early Chinese history. Sanft has been recognized with UT’s Jefferson Prize and two of the most prestigious and competitive national fellowship awards in all fields of the humanities. He serves on the editorial board of the leading journal in his field, and regularly presents his work at top-tier institutions in the US and in Asia. Sanft has accomplished all this while being a creative teacher and a valuable mentor to his colleagues, while also providing great service to the department, college, and university.


Brandon Winford, professor of history, received the Junior Diversity Leadership Award. Since joining the history department, Winford has worked to create meaningful campus discussions about diversity, exemplifying the value of bringing historical perspective to the challenges we face today. In addition to excellent teaching and scholarship on African-American history, he has served the campus and community by creating a film series, Black History Matters, giving public lectures, and serving as an advisor on public history projects. Winford co-organized the Fleming-Morrow Endowment, supporting a lecture series that brings leading African-American historians to campus and provides scholarship funds for exemplary students. Winford’s impressive leadership has helped our campus community to think more carefully and thoughtfully about the value of diversity, and has done much to make UT a great place to study African-American history.

Congratulations to Professors Sanft and Winford on your awards!